2016 Kinship Family Fair

Recently the youngest and I did a photo shoot for the 9th Annual Kinship Family Fair. This is the third year for me, but the first for her. To learn more about the program, you can read the post from my first time here, and last year here.

_MG_8653-lr_xPhotographing this fair is something very dear to my heart. The Kinship program does such wonderful things for those children not being raised by their parents, and the people who have taken them into their homes and hearts.

This year again we took family portraits. That is the main reason I took the youngest with me. We went earlier in the week to scout out the site, and find the right place to photograph. We set up on some picnic tables behind the building the event was in. When we got there it was very grey outside, so we had a flash and reflectors ready to go. The shoot went very well until the sun came out. Fortunately, this was towards the end, so there were only about 3-4 families left. But we all just played it up, and they turned out great. I have never been one for formal portraits. So having the silly and fun interactions mean so much more.

This year was especially wonderful because of what happened when the event was winding up. One of the grandfather’s we had photographed came up to us. He said that he learned more in that one day than he had ever learned in one day in his life. We were thrilled, so I went to tell the Director. She was so touched, but mostly because it was affirmation that they are making a difference.

So another successful year, and I hope we will be able to be part of many more.

Backpacks full of school supplies provided free for each child.

Backpacks full of school supplies provided free for each child.

Too busy to be happy?

Life is busy, we all get that. We each have our own version of busy as well. We all have priorities, things that are more important to us than to what our neighbors would think. I don’t often talk about fibromyalgia, but it is there. I just try to live my life around it, so it isn’t really too apparent. In my case I have to start my day out slowly. I let my body dictate how to plan my days. This is the smart thing for me because if I don’t I will definitely pay for it later. I have learned that the best defense is to move, just keep on moving. If I sit still, things lock up and you need to sit still more, and more, and then all of a sudden you realize you aren’t moving. So I keep moving. Sometimes slow, but knowing the next day will be better.

2016-08-02 11.17.34On this particular morning I am taking it slow. I have some projects I want to work on, but the coffee sure tastes good! I’m sitting on the couch scrolling through my Facebook page. I notice that the political posts have slowed down a little. The trend has moved around from anger and frustration to “maybe if we ignore it, it will go away”. But in its place I am seeing so much sadness. Postings about failure, divorce, depression, and anger. What inspired me to write about it today was the post of a young family of 5 who were killed in a car accident on their way to a missionary training. At this point you want to just throw your hands up in the air and say WTF!

I try to find something to cheer me up, but the icing on the cake was a recipe post. Not icing, and not a cake, macaroni and cheese breadsticks. These can’t be good for you! Here is the link to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOAk9wfZoko

Then I see a post about a football team trying a new approach to exercise. They are having trouble with the idea of something new, but trying it just the same. Then a 29-year-old hairdresser in London who will randomly stop and cut the hair of a homeless person. Going from sad to better. Ok, this IS looking better. My cousin who works for the police department, thanking people for showing their support. And then a quote, “You don’t inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.” Robyn Benincasa.

I have a thought; something good is happening. People are tired of all the negative, and they did try putting up happy things. It didn’t really work. Maybe just too cheesy. But now we are seeing more bad turn good, negative turn positive, sad turn happy. Keep it up people! This is a good thing 🙂